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TSX sees slight bump on Halloween

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:

Toronto Stock Exchange (12,422.91 up 45.86 points):

Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 1.57 per cent, at $11.32 on 21,974,626 shares. The struggling energy producer announced Tuesday it will cut its 2013 spending and will steer away from chasing risky, expensive international exploration projects. The Calgary-based company was in the red in the third quarter, booking a loss of $731 million due to asset write downs.

Westaim Corp. (TSX:WED). Insurance. Unchanged at three cents on 10,690,850 shares.

Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Telecommunications. Up 40 cents, or 0.62 per cent, at $64.84 on 8,450,879 shares. The telecommunications services subgroup ended the day up 0.52 per cent to 112.30 points.

Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 69 cents, or 3.54 per cent, at $20.17 on 6,437,434 shares. The Toronto-based gold miner said Monday its third-quarter profits dropped 48 per cent to US$60 million due to a $146 million charge for taxes, while revenue grew to $611.8 million from $555.2 million.

B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up six cents, or 1.47 per cent, at $4.13 on 4,543,703 shares. The metals and mining sector was one of the biggest advancers, jumping 1.58 per cent to 934.11 points.

Cline Mining Corp. (TSX:CMK). Miner. Up 3.5 cents, or 15.56 per cent, at 26 cents on 3,978,761 shares.

TSX Venture Exchange (1,314.48 up 11.56 points):

Pacific Coal Resources Ltd. (TSXV:PAK). Miner. Unchanged at 13.5 cents on 8,550,500 shares.

Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Up 22 cents, or 9.05 per cent, at $2.65 on 6,529,061 shares.

Companies reporting major news:

Astral Media Inc. (TSX:ACM.A). Media. Down 95 cents, or 2.27 per cent, at $40.88 on 778,694 shares. Fourth-quarter profits improved to $54.3 million or 96 cents from year-earlier $47 million or 85 cents per share at the Montreal-based television, radio and billboard company. Revenue was up by two per cent to $251.8 million, with the largest increase coming from its billboard segment.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI). Meat and bakery. Up three cents, or 0.27 per cent, at $11.10 on 190,326 shares. The Toronto-based company earned $32.6 million in the third quarter, down from $43 million in the same period last year while revenue slid to $1.24 billion from $1.26 billion. Maple Leaf said the weaker profit was due to revenue decline and some assets write downs.

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Up 18 cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $40.15 on 1,571,383 hares. Canada's biggest fertilizer company confirmed it held talks with Israeli government officials about increasing its stake in Israel Chemical Ltd, although Potash said no deal has been formulated.

The Canadian Press


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